Training & Opportunities

Our strategy builds upon our successful initiatives developed over the last 10 years, other established capacity building models in our region, recommendations from the NIHR strategic review of training and the newly established NIHR Academy.

Applications for the 2023 ARC EoE Fellowship are now closed.

Our aim is to address the regional needs of research capacity building for the East of England, while making use of the national NIHR infrastructure to support and optimise our work.

Our Training and Development Leads are: Professor Eneida Mioshi, University of East Anglia and Dr Christine Hill, University of Cambridge.

ARC Fellowships

Our flagship Fellowship programme focusses on local applied research, evaluation and implementation projects, building local capacity for evidence-informed practice, and facilitating networking across health and social care.

The programme is aimed at all clinicians, health and social care practitioners, and managers across the East of England. It is for those who would like to work at the interface of research and practice; develop an understanding of the research environment; and develop skills in research methodology, service redesign, change management and implementing evidence-based improvements into practice.

Since 2011, 127 fellowships have been awarded. Such success is due to the effort of the Fellows, the support of ARC East of England academics and colleagues across the region who provide one-to-one supervision, mentorship and teaching.


  • are funded by ARC for one day a week, for a year (through a backfill arrangement)
  • undertake either a research or implementation fellowship
  • carry out a project under supervision of an ARC senior researcher or the Implementation Leads
  • attend a programme of monthly teaching workshops and lectures
  • benefit from bi-monthly action learning sessions

Watch the video interviews below to hear first-hand experiences from our current fellowship cohort, and learn why they chose to do a research project with us.

  • Watch interview of ARC East of England research fellow, Darryl De Souza, who is Therapy Deputy Manager at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

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  • Watch interview of ARC East of England Mental Health fellow, Loveday Newman, who is a clinical psychologist at the Older People's Mental Health team in Cambridge.

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We are committed to supporting the development of outstanding early career researchers wishing to conduct applied research that has the potential to deliver an impact on patients, public and policy regionally and nationally.  We have dedicated funding for a PhD studentship in each of our seven themes.

The research questions and programmes of work of the PhDs align to the research aims of the relevant theme. They can also cut-across more than one theme where synergies are identified. 

PhD students will be based at one the four Universities in the ARC: Cambridge, East Anglia, Essex or Hertfordshire.